the circle of life can suck it

The very day after I posted about our new chickens we had a catastrophe.  Our best laying hen, Isabella (seen under Henrietta in this photo and in the photo below, foreground)  was snatched by a coyote in broad daylight.  Usually coyotes don't hunt during the day but lately, they've become more bold and have disregarded eons of natural patterns.  I guess that's what happens when humans encroach more and more on wild territory.  While I feel utterly and completely pissed off about this, I also have a hard time blaming the coyote.  A chicken makes good food and he couldn't have known that Isabella was our best layer.  I'd like to think that had we been able to discuss it he would have taken a less valuable chicken.
Alas, the world doesn't work that way.

Farewell, Isabella.  You were a damn fine chicken.
big meets little